Fall 2019 Letter from the President

Posted on Nov 11, 2019

Fall 2019

Dear Friends,

FlowersEvery day, we hear about the dangers of climate change. Rather than feeling discouraged, we can help to protect, preserve, and extend local green spaces as a way to increase carbon uptake. The Arboretum Park Conservancy is working with the Arnold Arboretum to extend the Blackwell Path as a Green Link between Forest Hills MBTA station and the Roslindale Commuter Rail Station.

The Boston Transportation Department, WalkUP Roslindale, Rozzie Bikes, and the Livable Streets Alliance have been energetic partners in this ambitious effort. Construction of the first new path segment is scheduled to begin in 2020. Horsley Witten, the landscape architects, are now working on the second segment that will bring pedestrians to Peters Hill from the Bussey Brook Meadow. The Arboretum is planning an extensive planting of native species during this phase.

Improving access to mass transit, planting new trees and adding a new welcoming entrance from Arboretum Road will bring new visitors to the Bussey Brook Meadow to walk, bicycle, sit and enjoy the sounds, sights and even the smell of nature and the changing seasons.

In addition to promoting the extension of the Blackwell Path, the APC has been part of planning the Arboretum’s upcoming 2022 Sesquicentennial Celebration. We have also participated in a review of the Arboretum’s relationship with the City of Boston and its immediate neighbors at a meeting of an international group of representatives of Botanical Gardens. The APC has continued to organize our traditional fall and spring volunteer clean-ups and our bird watching walk with Bob Mayer.

We are grateful for the funding the path projects have received from the DCR Recreational Trails Program, the City of Boston Community Preservation Act and the Massachusetts Office of Tourism and Travel, but donations from individuals, like you, who love this wonderful urban wild as we do, are key to our advocacy efforts. Can we count on you again this year?